Originally Posted by gregory311
Average price for a decent shirt: $50
Average price for a decent tie: $40
Average price for a decent pair of shoes: $120
Having said that, you can get lots of things cheaper at Steinmart, Marshall's and the like. They always have dress shirts and stuff for around $20.
A good suit is going to run you at least $400-500, perhaps more. Don't go for the "two suits for $200" deals. They aren't worth it in the long run.
You can do stuff on the cheap, but if you are planning on staying in the business world, it's better to buy quality clothing that will last you five years rather than buying shit that will fall apart in one.
I'm not saying hit up Hugo Boss for everything, but some things you just can't skimp on.
Last year, when I finally got a job that requires this kind of thing, I got a suit with a shirt, tie, shoes and a belt for around $550, I believe. Then, I picked up four pairs of pants (black, grey, charcoal, blue) and six dress shirts for, I think, another $600. All from Men's Wearhouse. You get a $50 gift card for every $500 you spend, so if you're starting out, it might be worth it for the freebies.